Tyler Pitlick scored two goals for the first time in his career, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored to help Dallas win its fourth straight. Ben Bishop stopped 36 shots.
Jeff Skinner scored twice for Carolina and Jordan Staal also had a goal to pull the Hurricanes within one with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Scott Darling finished with 22 saves.
The Hurricanes pulled Darling for an extra skater for the final 2:49, including a 6-on-4 for two minutes after a penalty to Dallas’ Martin Hanzal, but couldn’t tie it.
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Benn opened the scoring 7:58 into the game. Alexander Radulov dropped the puck back to Benn in the slot, and he sent a wrist shot past Darling and in off the left goalpost.
Pitlick made it 2-0 with 1:53 left in the first as he flew into the goalmouth to knock in the rebound of Radek Faksa’s shot from the left point.
Seguin scored coming out of the penalty box, taking a led pass from Mattias Janmark and skating in a two-man rush to beat Darling at 5:24 of the second. Pitlick followed with his second goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later, redirecting Antoine Roussel’s pass from behind the net for Dallas’ largest lead this season.
Skinner scored Carolina’s first goal on his own rebound just 10 seconds before the period ended. He added another at 5:32 of the third period, tipping in a shot by Noah Hanifin.
▪ Commemorating 25 years in the NHL, Dallas honored retired former captain Brenden Morrow. He dropped the ceremonial first puck for Stars captain Benn and Carolina rookie Haydn Fleury. When Fleury was a boy, Morrow babysat for him in their hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan.
▪ Pitlick has 13 goals in 66 games over four seasons.
▪ Dallas was outshot for only the second time this season, 39-26.
Hurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Stars: At Colorado on Tuesday night to open a five-game trip.
First Period—1, Dallas, Benn 4 (Johns, Radulov), 7:58. 2, Dallas, Pitlick 1 (Faksa, Hamhuis), 18:07. Penalties—Pesce, CAR, (tripping), 3:55.
Second Period—3, Dallas, Seguin 6 (Lindell, Janmark), 5:24. 4, Dallas, Pitlick 2 (Faksa, Roussel), 7:46. 5, Carolina, Skinner 4 (McGinn), 19:50. Penalties—Seguin, DAL, (slashing), 3:18; Skinner, CAR, (roughing), 10:49.
Third Period—6, Carolina, Skinner 5 (McGinn, Hanifin), 5:32. 7, Carolina, Staal 2 (Aho, Lindholm), 15:24. Penalties—Elie, DAL, (delay of game), 13:21; Hanzal, DAL, (slashing), 17:11.
Shots on Goal—Carolina 11-14-14—39. Dallas 14-9-3—26. Power-play opportunities—Carolina 0 of 3; Dallas 0 of 2. Goalies—Carolina, Darling 2-2-1 (26 shots-22 saves). Dallas, Bishop 5-1-0 (39-36). A—18,023 (18,532). T—2:30. Referees—Dave Jackson, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen—Shane Heyer, Pierre Racicot.